Emergence Torso - 2020

Bronze, Signed Hamish Mackie, Numbered Edition of 12, Dated 2020
3,500 Inc. VAT
32cm long x 25cm high x 16cm wide / 12.5" x 10" x 6"
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It is believed that sculpting is one of the oldest forms of art - the Venus of Willendorf is more than 30,000 years old and the Venus of Hohle Fels even older, at around 40,000 years old. Both are studies of the female form which continues to inspire artists all over the world.

Life drawing is currently enjoying a justified revival. Working with model Ella Rose, Hamish has made a series of different sculptures, including this timeless bronze Emergence Torso 2020. Hamish has created a fleshy fragmented pose, reminiscent of those ancient studies of the female form. His choice of Ancaster Weatherbed stone for the plinth is a nod to River Bed 2017.

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Hamish in studio with life model

This small study was made out of a cranky natural clay dug locally to my studio. I have used this clay before to sculpt and enjoyed the challenge of sculpting a delicate subject out of such a cranky material. I wanted to create a fragmented pose reminiscent of surviving ancient representations of the female form. I am often inspired to sculpt what can appear to be a timeless artefact.